Adult Recruitment

These resources will be useful for GSLs and sections leaders who are hoping to attract new adult volunteers to support the Scouting adventure for our young people.

The Volunteer Journey

Adult Support starts from that initial chat between a potential volunteer and a member of Scouting. Managers and Leaders start them off on their volunteer’s journey.

All potential volunteers will go through the appointment process to ensure our young people are protected and to ensure the volunteer is welcomed and is comfortable about what they will do. Appointments Secretaries are the key to this process and there is one in each district



From day one, Adult Training offers support and courses to develop all our volunteers to be effective and enjoy their time in Scouting.

Our Adults are valued in many ways from a smile and a thank-you to formal Awards.

Watch the Volunteer Journey Video by clicking here 

Help Recruiting Adults – “a box of tools”

Here is a wealth of guides, templates, suggested activities, challenges and information to support you and your recruitment activities. They can be used in many situations; recruiting specific volunteers, engaging parents, opening a new Section maybe even opening a new Group.

These materials have been obtained from the Regional Services Team who support local growth and the creation of new provisions for Scouting in Somerset.

You may be familiar with their use having attended a recruitment workshop or recruitment day. If not or have any questions, please contact your District Commissioner.

Finding Out

Many parents have just the skills, talents or crafts that you may be looking for, some even may have the time too. The problem is, we do not always know what may be hiding so we need to ask / find out. The following may well be of help here

Vacancy Boards

These are available from the Brand Centre. Reference GE-VACANCY-BOARDS-P and cost £36.00 each. The vacancy cards, if required, are a separate item but you may choose to print your own.

This is 800 x 600mm and printed on 3mm foam core board in colour. Six clear plastic are wallets stuck on allowing the A6 cards to be inserted to allow the potential volunteer to keep the details so they can contact you about the vacancy.

Put yours up somewhere that it is visible to your audience. Consider changing location periodically and shuffling the vacancies. Top tip – use bright / fluorescent card, it really stands out.

Getting People Involved

Once people are interested, don’t wait too long before approaching and getting them involved. The longer you leave it, the more likely they will not “sign-up”.

Use the structured 4 Week Challenge or your own approach as you feel best fits the needs. Here are some things that could help.


Some other General Items

Here are a couple of items that may help you. They do not fit directly into the above headings but are still worth a look.

Finally – three things

  • Many of the resources refer to “parents” but are equally valid for carers, older siblings and other family members.
  • Some of these resources have not yet been migrated to “new brand”. As soon as updated materials are available, these will be included.
  • Always remember to say thank you, even if the answer received is a “no”. People have been known to change their minds!
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls